MCM undertakes purposeful advocacy at all levels – government, private sector and community. We work closely with the sector to advocate for positive social change.
You can read our policy and research submissions below.
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The Melbourne Apartments Project (MAP) is an innovative housing model developed in partnership with Melbourne City Mission and a leading developer. With the support of City of Melbourne and Resilient Melbourne, the University of Melbourne have evaluated the costs and benefits of the MAP. This Phase One report finds the government receives $2.19 in benefits for every $1 of costs. The Phase Two report – exploring the lived experience of social housing tenants moving into the MAP development – will be released in August.
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This submission focuses on strategies to improve the effectiveness of career advice activities for school leavers, particularly young people who experience disadvantage and barriers to engaging in mainstream education.
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As Victoria’s largest funded provider of youth homelessness services (and a provider of adult and family homelessness services), Melbourne City Mission is at the coalface of the policy and funding reforms that the Commonwealth is seeking to introduce through the Treasury Laws Amendment (National Housing and Homelessness Agreement) Bill 2017
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Whilst Melbourne City Mission is not a specialist youth justice provider, youth justice ‘touches’ many aspects of our work. Melbourne City Mission has experience working with young people with past or current youth justice involvement, or risk factors for justice involvement, through programs such as our Frontyard Integrated Youth Services, Cradle to Kinder, The Hester Hornbrook Academy independent school and Youth Foyers. Our submission response to the Inquiry into Youth Justice Centres in Victoria draws the Committee’s attention to specific areas of Melbourne City Mission’s practice which intersect with youth justice, and the lived experience of young people we support and members of our staff who are engaged in and with ‘the system’.
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This inquiry presented an opportunity for people with a disability engaged with Melbourne City Mission’s programs to share their experiences and have their stories put on the public record. Our intention with this submission was to collect first-person accounts of the people we support who wished to express their opinions and insights on the themes of education, employment, housing and the NDIS and feed these directly to the Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Mr. Alistair McEwin.